By Blake Hampton
WICHITA - There is going to be a big dart tournament hosted by the Wichita Dart Association on Jan. 13-15 - the 36th Annual Air Capital Open. At Hotel Old Town, several steel tip dart events will take place, including qualifying rounds for major tournaments. There’s $10,000 worth of prize money being spread over all the events. I spoke with Shannon Reed, who is one of the people that organizes the competition.
This competition will be decent sized, “We can have between 100 to 150 people at this tournament,” Reed said. “Local players in the Wichita area will participate, but many will be from out of town.” The tournament is open to everyone. Thirteen events will take place each either being singles, doubles, or triples so it’s possible to grab a friend, or pair up with someone at the competition.
By Emily Beckman
WICHITA - Brenda Roush and Renee Ripol met through a soft tip dart league in 2012. In 2013, they started playing steel tip doubles events together. And, in 2014, they got married.
“Since  we split up only once to play with other doubles partners,” Roush said.
Now, the couple lives in Denver, Colo. and plays in about 20 to 30 tournaments each year, with the Air Capital Open in Wichita being one that they try to attend annually.
“Renee practices at home every day,” Roush said. “When I started playing I practiced regularly, but in recent years I’ve put more of my time towards organizing darts than practicing.”
WICHITA - Rev. David Carter, the minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E. 21st St., and an ordained Gaudiya Vaishnava priest, will teach a series of meditation classes on Mondays from 6:30-8pm beginning Jan. 23 and running for 10 weeks. The rate is $120 or $100 for early registration prior to Jan. 1.
Registrants who bring two friends to sign up will receive a special rate of $80. Free child care will be provided. For more information and to sign up, contact the church office at 316-684-3481.
Rev. Carter is a longtime spiritual practitioner, author, educator, poet, and activist for social justice. He is a religious leader in both Unitarian Universalist and Gaudiya Vaisnava practices. His spiritual education began in 1967, when he undertook formal study of Far Eastern philosophy and religion.
By Ciara Reid, staff reporter
Not even 25 years old, Jennifer Mounts is making waves in the darts world – an impressive feat given that she only began playing darts a little over three years ago. A native and current resident of Lakewood, Wash., Mounts is sponsored by A-ZDarts.com, Ultimate Team Gear, Shot! Darts, L-Style, DartsNutz.net and KryptoniteGirls.com.
However, the road for Mounts is not an easy one: she is dominating a sport played mostly by men, and was once advised to stay closeted when she first began playing darts. Mounts spoke with Liberty Press about this and more in our exclusive interview:
By Kevin Stilley
MANHATTAN - Once again, the Manhattan/Junction City community observed World AIDS Day with several days of activities.
K-State’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) distributed condoms and information about HIV and other STI’s in the Union Tuesday-Thursday.
Thursday evening, a Service of Remembrance was held at First Congregational Church. The service was led by Pastor Caela Simmons Wood. Michael Swanner, HIV case manager with Positive Connections, spoke about where things stand with HIV in the United States today. He addressed treatment, at-risk populations, and services available locally.
A candle-lighting ceremony promoting Safety, Education, Compassion and Hope was conducted by Holly Nelson, Adam Carr and Seth Dills, executive board members of SAGA. A candlelight vigil followed in silence, with audience members stating the names aloud of loved ones who had died from AIDS or were living with HIV.
REVIEW By Grayson Barnes
KANSAS CITY - Sandra Moran’s first book was her last. Already an award-winning novelist, after four other books, she started reworking the first one she had written but not published. The final revision of State of Grace (Bywater Books, $18.95) was completed in September 2015. By October, Moran was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. She died on Nov. 7, 2015 in the arms of her spouse, Cheryl Pletcher, and surrounded by family and friends. She was 46. State of Grace was printed posthumously with a forward by Pletcher.
Moran had a varied background. She was a reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Lawrence Journal-World, was the deputy press secretary for Kansas Governor Bill Graves, and taught as an assistant adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College. Her dive into the fiction-writing world didn’t start until she was. Letters Never Sent was Moran’s first published novel and won four awards, including the 2013 Rainbow Awards Best Lesbian Historical Romance and Best Lesbian Debut.
A few years ago, the Sandra Moran Radio Book Club began, an LGBT book discussion on KKFI 90.1 FM out of Kansas City, MO. Elizabeth Andersen hosts the discussions. It is one program of The Tenth Voice, an LGBT public affairs show on the station. In September 2016, the show examined Moran’s Letters Never Sent.
TOPEKA - In solidarity with the march taking place in Washington, D.C., there will be a march in Topeka at the Capitol Building Saturday, Jan. 21, from 1-3pm. The State Capitol building in located at 300 SW 10th St.
This is a show of support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election. It is an inclusive march, and everyone who supports women’s rights are welcome, including: women, girls, femmes, GNC, men, boys, families, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, climate change advocates, ALL religious communities, and anyone else who wants to come out in support.
To join a group from Wichita, there will be a bus for $15 per seat, round trip, if there is enough interest. Contact Lori Lawrence, email@example.com for more info or to reserve a seat. l
I just wanted to thank you, as always, for what you do. But particularly for your latest editorial. And to tell you that I felt, in my little world, an explosion of people desperately seeking a useful place for their energies after the election. Your paper is vital to this!
There are so many of us wanting to connect and support, and your paper is the conduit. Don’t lose hope. You and I have so much in common. In your struggle, you fight not only for the LGBT community, you are standing up for HUMAN rights. Standing up for human rights for gay, lesbian and transgender persons is standing up for all of us.
In the November OP/ED Kenny Warner, a former employee/bartender at the Fantasy Complex, suggested that someone should compile a list or history of the gay bars in Wichita before all the older folk who would remember them are gone. Well it just so happens that there is such a list of the history of Wichita gay bars. About four years ago a professor at WSU started the effort to find out all he could about these bars, dating back to the 1950’s.
With the help of our organization The Wichita Prime Timers, (a social club for mature gay and bisexual men), this professor was able to comprise a fairly accurate and extensive history of Wichita gay bars from the 1950’s-2014. Our membership at Wichita Prime Timers scans many age groups, which was a great help in compiling this list, in that the older members were able to supply info on the earlier bars they remembered, and the not so old and younger could provide info on the later and more current bars.
I think the result is a very comprehensive history of Wichita gay bars, and also mentions some of the cruise areas and after bar diners. About two years ago members of Wichita Prime Timers were presented with the completed history (about 11 pages with some repeats) by the above fore-mentioned professor. If Kenny would e-mail me at joey33M@yahoo.com, I would be able to send him a copy of the list I received two years ago.